Mythical Goddess Tarot are embodied through goddesses from around the world, who represent some element that chimes with the energy of that Major. So, today's card shows Mother Mary, who represents Major XII - Sacrifice (traditionally the Hanged Man).
For me, this image represents well the energy of the Hanged Man, despite there being no reversal nor any bindings apparent. From her calm face to the burning heart that hangs in the air between her hands, she speaks to me of meditative calm, passion and compassion. Mother Mary offers up her heart, her body and her soul to provide nourishment (both physical and spiritual) for her children - humanity. The dove suggests both peace and also the Holy Spirit entering her as she becomes the channel for deity to manifest in this world.
How often do women the world over make sacrifices, for love? Be it giving up your job to take care of a child/children, leaving your home to follow your man, or staying home when he goes away, putting other people's preferences before your own, or giving others the best food/clothes/china, sacrifice comes in many guises. Does our sacrifice uplift us? Do we gain something from it, be it the chance at love, the knowledge that we have done something for others or perhaps recognition?
In this, I see both the positives and negatives of sacrifice. We can become martyrs, expecting others to recognise and reward our sacrifice in some way. Or we can willingly give of ourselves, trusting that this will be for the good in the grand scheme of things. We can be doormats, or we can be a bridge to something better.
What sacrifices do you choose to make, and how do you feel about them?
I am grateful that I can find love in my heart through times of hardship, be they emotional or physical.